Gatsas calls for education and prevention, expanded access and connection to treatment, advocating for and expanding treatment and recovery services, and supporting law enforcement and the judiciary

Gatsas calls for education and prevention, expanded access and connection to treatment, advocating for and expanding treatment and recovery services, and supporting law enforcement and the judiciary

NASHUA, NH – Today, Republican gubernatorial candidate Mayor Ted Gatsas released his comprehensive plan to combat the Fentanyl Heroin and Opiate Epidemic in New Hampshire.

Gatsas began, “Fighting this epidemic is about action. It’s about providing an answer to New Hampshire citizens from Sullivan County to the Seacoast. What will your next Governor do to combat the Fentanyl, Heroin & Opiate Epidemic here in New Hampshire? The Plan before you today is Governor Gatsas’ plan.

I will work everyday to combat this epidemic. I will not wait until inauguration day because there is no time for waiting. As this campaign moves forward I am going to continue the fight, and carry it to the local communities across the State of New Hampshire. I will offer my help and the help of other local leaders so we can work to end this epidemic.   There is no reason why leadership on this issue, by any candidate Republican or Democrat, should wait until Election Day.

Local communities have done a tremendous job bringing forward solutions for their residents when it comes to combating this epidemic. Law enforcement, fire departments, and EMS officers have been on the front lines and I commend them for their leadership and courage – they are heroes.”

The Gatsas plan to combat the Fentanyl, Heroin and Opiate Epidemic outlines four pillars with supporting action. They are as follows:

Pillar #1: Education & Prevention – Action items include a declaration of a public health emergency for the Fentanyl, Heroin and Opiate Epidemic, institution of a 7 Day opiate prescription Law and requirement of participation in the State’s prescription drug monitoring program, we will institute a statewide k-12 preventative education program and develop a parent, peer and workplace online exchange;

Pillar #2: Expand Access and Connection To Treatment – Action items include the expansion of the Safe Station program, expansion of 2-1-1NH, expansion of the number of patients that physicians who provide suboxone and other medication assisted therapies and expansion of the Police Partners program;

Pillar #3: Advocate For and Expand Treatment and Recovery Services – Action items include the Governor’s Advocate for Treatment & Recovery Service Providers, regional expansion of recovery services, regional expansion of Amber’s Place, regional expansion of peer-to-peer recovery centers, regional expansion and support for clinical detoxification and mental and behavioral health workforce development;

Pillar #4: Law Enforcement and The Judiciary – Action items include charging dealers with attempted murder for dealing Fentanyl, continuing funding for Granite Hammer, the institute of drug courts in all ten counties and the strengthening of bail and sentencing.

In closing Gatsas remarked, “this plan is comprehensive and is achievable. We can, and we will, get it done. As your Governor I am committed, and I will not stop until we get results.”

Read the full text of Gatsas’ “Comprehensive Plan to Combat the Fentanyl, Heroin & Opiate Epidemic in Hew Hampshire”

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